tasting days with the little ones

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in healthy food, local food, lunch time, Recipes, school food | 0 comments

Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 4.52.03 PMA few weeks ago we had the pleasure of hosting two fun tasting days with the students in Pre-K and Kindergarten at BASIS Independent Brooklyn.

We chose two specific menu days based on students eating habits and food preferences to see if we could open their palates to liking something they may have not liked (or even tried) before.

We also used this opportunity to test out our brand new stickers showcasing our little Butter Beans chef mascots that state, “I tried something new!”

We chose blackened chicken drumstick day, and our homemade fish sticks.

You would think that chicken drumsticks would be an easy win for these students, but some of them don’t love it because of how it’s described. What does blackened mean they asked?

I brought in some fresh herbs to show them the main components of the blackened spice rub that our chef creates and sprinkles onto the chicken before it gets roasted in the oven.

Then we put our food explorer hats on, and dove into the fun part.

After the students tried the chicken in our 1oz sample cups, the majority of them gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up, with requests for seconds!

IMG_1307Then came the fish stick tasting day. I came in with a handout of how fish sticks are made by hand, and shared with them that we serve wild caught pollack, a fish similar to cod but less fishy tasting, and that our chef hand breads each and every one of them for 15 schools!

To make the tasting even more exciting, we offered the option of dipping their fish sticks into three different condiments: ranch, ketchup and our homemade tartar sauce. They were a hit! Students who had never tried them before, couldn’t get enough.

Here are some fun quotes that we collected from our tasting adventures:

  • I love Butter Beans!
  • It’s very good!
  • This is really good
  • I like it
  • Super yummy
  • Best thing I’ve ever eaten
  • Can we have a Butter Beans person come visit everyday?
  • That was better than pepperoni pizza (in regards to the chicken)

With all of the positive feedback and buzz that was generated, we are sure that these students are going to be ready to dig in when they’re on the menu again!

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Panzanella Salad with Tomato Grilled Cheese

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in after school, cooking with kids, healthy food, lunch time, school food, wellness | 0 comments

Today our Junior Chefs will be putting together some gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and a Tuscan Panzanella Salad for a side. Both dishes will feature tomatoes, a favorite of ours! Tomatoes are a red food, known for keeping our hearts healthy and diets full of antioxidants. We will use just two different types of tomatoes today but did you know there are over 1,000 types in the world? What are your favorite kinds? Feel free to share below!

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Panzanella Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

For Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 lemons juiced, 2 T red wine or apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste!

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Tear baguette into cubes. Toss bread with olive oil in bowl,

spread onto baking sheet and bake 10 minutes.

3. Hand out and chop cucumbers and tomatoes. Dice onion.

4. Pluck parsley from stems.

5. Combine all ingredients in a bowl with bread cubes.

6. Squeeze lemons. Mix and whisk together ingredients for dressing.

Tomato Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 slicing tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb grated cheese
  • olive oil
  • 4 T butter + extra

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Directions:

1. Brush a bit of olive oil onto bread

2. Slice tomatoes and cheese

3. Layer bread, cheese and tomatoes to build sandwich

4. Heat a little bit of butter in a skillet until melted, grill    sandwiches for 2-3 minutes

5. Serve with Panzanella Salad and Enjoy!

 

Bon Appétit!

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our famous turkey tacos!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in cooking with kids, healthy food, lunch time, Recipes, school food | 0 comments

Taco Beef Mexican Food

Across all of our schools our students look forward to their Taco Tuesday’s!

We are excited to share our most beloved recipe with you all so that you can recreate them at home.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 T canola oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 heaping T of dark chili powder
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1 t coriander
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 15 oz can of crushed tomatoes

Directions: 

Heat oil over high heat, then reduce to medium heat. Add onion and salt. Cook until translucent. Add peppers and garlic, cook for 3 minutes. Then add turkey meat and seasonings. Cook until golden brown.

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Red Velvet Beet Brownies

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in cooking with kids, healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, valentines day | 0 comments

800px-Chocolate_Beetroot_BrowniesSurprise your loved ones this valentine’s day with these delightful brownies that use red beets as a natural food coloring and sweetener, and an added protein punch with black beans!

Our cooking class students are excited to whip these up, and of course indulge in their goodness!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 1/4 C oats
  • 1 medium cooked beet
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/3 C rice milk
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1/2 C black beans
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly oil an 8×8 pan.

2) Cut beet into quarters and bring to a boil. Drain, allow to cool, peel, and chop into small pieces.

3) In food processor, blend oats, cocoa, salt, and baking powder until oats are blended into fine powder.

4) Add the rice milk, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Then add the beets and beans to form a thick batter. Add additional milk if needed to reach brownie consistency.

5) Mix in chocolate chips by hand and pour batter into pan.

6) Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Apple Turnovers with Coconut Oil

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in after school, cooking classes, cooking with kids, families, healthy food, nutrition | 0 comments

5513640649_6d4c56b309_bThis week in our fun-filled cooking classes we created apple turnovers with coconut oil, served alongside an aromatic spiced apple pear butter!

Our chefs in training practiced their slicing and dicing skills, while learning about the health benefits of coconut oil which helps boost our immune system, enhances our memory, and provides us with healthy fats that help improve our cholesterol levels.

We hope that you will make memories in your family kitchen with our apple turnover recipe!

Serves 8

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 1 C whole wheat + 1 C AP flour
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil, solid
  • 1/3-1/2 cup ice water

Filling

  • 4 apples
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ¼ t nutmeg
  • 1 T flour
  • pinch of salt
  • dried cherries, raisins (optional)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375˚

2) Rinse all fruit 

3) Make the dough: Mix dry ingredients. Cut solid coconut oil in small increments using pastry blender or fork. Add water by the tablespoon until dough just comes together. Set aside. Place the dough in fridge to chill.

4) Make the filling: Slice and dice apples, and combine with lemon juice, spices, flour and salt. If the filling is too juicy from the apple juice, add a pinch more flour to absorb or drain using a colander.

5) Assemble the turnovers:

    • Cut dough into smaller pieces. Roll out into 1/8-inch thick rounds on a lightly floured surface.
    • Place ~2 T of filling on one half and sprinkle with dried cherries or raisins if desired.
    • Fold over and seal, using fork or fingers to crimp the edges. 
    • Bake at 375˚ degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Shamika’s Crazy Croutons

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in cooking with kids, fast food, healthy food, lunch time, Recipes | 0 comments

5583144074_c81f2cb217Have some bread ends that you don’t want to throw away?

Learn how to make croutons from Shamika, our supervisor at PAVE Academy and create an added value product from the least desirable part of the loaf, while curbing your food waste.

The students love when Shamika’s crazy croutons make their way onto the salad bar!

Here’s how you can make them at home:

Ingredients:

  • whole wheat bread ends
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • olive oil to grease a sheet pan

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350F
  • Cut the bread into cubes
  • Place bread on a large sheet pan, sprinkle salt & pepper on top
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden brown

 

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